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NASCAR: Ryan Blaney Increases Nationwide Schedule ; To Make Cup Debut at Kansas

Ryan Blaney Increases Nationwide Role in 2014, to make Sprint Cup Debut at Kansas
Ryan Blaney Increases Nationwide Role in 2014, to make Sprint Cup Debut at Kansas
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Team Penske announced today that Ryan Blaney will expand his racing schedule in 2014. Blaney will take the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series car for 15 races in 2014 starting at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 22nd. He will also make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Kansas Speedway in May driving the No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion for the organization.

"I am excited to continue my racing career with Team Penske," said Blaney, who's earned one win, two top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 10 starts behind the wheel of the No. 22 over the last two years. "I'm really looking forward to racing more in the Nationwide Series and it will be a dream come true for me to race in the Sprint Cup Series. I want to thank Roger Penske, our team sponsors and everyone at Team Penske for this opportunity and for believing in me."

Blaney has already been to victory lane in the NASCAR Nationwide Series following a victory at Kentucky Speedway in 2013.

In addition to the increased NASCAR Nationwide schedule and two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Kansas Speedway & Talladega Super Speedway), Blaney will continue his quest for a driver's championship in the Camping World Truck Series. He will drive the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 for Brad Keselowski in 2014. Blaney has amassed two career wins in the Camping World Truck Series alongside 16 top-10 finishes in 28 Truck Series starts.

"We believe Ryan is one of the most promising young drivers in NASCAR and we want to continue his growth and development with Team Penske," said team owner Roger Penske. "Ryan's win at Kentucky in the No. 22 car last year showed what he is capable of and we hope to experience many more moments in Victory Lane with him in the coming seasons."

(Quotes from Ryan Blaney and Roger Penske are from the press release issued by Team Penske on 1/29/2014)

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